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 2019 Tour Season: June through September on Wednesdays & Sundays, 1-4 PM
All other times by appointment year round.  (630) 584-8485
                                               Scout groups welcome! Special classes for badges may be requested.                                               

Printable 2019 Calendar | Printable 2019 Calendar with images (pdf format - Adobe Acrobat required)


Native Plant Seminar

Feb 16 8:30am-4:30pm From garden to field, learn how to restore and manage prairie, woodlands, and wetlands. Reservations required. $50 includes lunch


Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar 

March 3 1:30pm. Make three grafts of antique apple trees to take home for planting with Dan Bussey, national expert orchardist and author. Reservations required. $30


Controlled Woodland & Prairie Burns 

March thru April Call for Conditions Dependent Schedule.  See or participate in control of natural restoration burns.

Museum Awards Banquet 

April 13 6pmĖ9pm. Our annual awards dinner at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club. Reservations required. $55


Woodland Wild Flower Walk

April 27     9:00 am. Tour the museumís Harley Pond and Woods with staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Stewardship Grant restoration results featured. Reservations encouraged. $6 


Farm To Rails

April 28 2 pm. Join Ken Carlson for a talk on how the railroad impacted northeast Illinois. $6


Wool Spinning

May 4   TBD

 Join Julia Bizub on the process of sheep to shawl with a hands on experience.


Rare Breeds Show 

May 19 11am-4pm. Breeders from around the Midwest display rare and historic livestock.  Individual breeders may offer livestock, poultry, and byproducts for sale. $6 adults/$3 children under 13.


Hearthside Cooking Seminar

June 1 TBD

Julia Bizub


Drop-In Tours

June 2-September 29 1-4pm every Wednesday and Sunday and open year-round by appointment. Tour the historic farmstead, including the barnyard and 1846 brick tavern. Suggested donation of $4 adults/$3children


Archaeology Field Session 

June 11-15, 18-22 Tue-Sat 8:30 am-4pm. A 2-week session for volunteers to participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s /1840s log house site. Call or e-mail for registration information.


Prairie Walk

June 30 9am. -Noon. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Reservations encouraged. $6 



Settlerís Eve Dance

July 6 7pm. Celebrate the 1835 arrival of the Culbertsons and the 1841 arrival of the Garfields to the farm with traditional 1840s reels and squares dances in the restored 1842 threshing barn. Live dulcimer and fiddle music with a dance caller and instructor. Reservations $10. Homemade pies available.



Garfield Farm Camps

July 9-11 & 23-25 9am-Noon. Children ages 8-15 will learn about 1840s farm and prairie life. Activities include feeding animals and museum tours. Reservations required. $75 per week


Archaeology Field Session II

July 9-13, 16-20  Tue-Sat 8:30 am-4pm. Volunteers participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s /1840s log house site. Call or e-mail for registration information.


Antique Tool Show & Sale 

Aug 4 9am-1pm. Members of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association and the Early American Industries Association display, trade, and sell antique and collectable tools. $6 adults/$3 children under 13.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Archaeology Field Session III

Aug 6-10, 12-17  Tue-Sat 8:30 am-4pm. Volunteers participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s /1840s log house site. Call or e-mail for registration information.


Heirloom Garden Show 

Aug 25 11am-4pm. Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. $6 adults/$3 children under 13.


Prairie Walk

Sept 8 9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and Illinois ecosystems. Reservations encouraged. $6 


Corn 101 

Sept 15 2pm. Museum volunteer Chuck Bauer will give a lecture on the history of corn and how farmers manipulated corn to create the variety we have today. Reservations encouraged. $6


Student Harvest Days

Oct 4 9am-1:30pm. Museum volunteers demonstrate 19th century living to school children. Limited to 500 students. Reservations required. $5 


Harvest Days

Oct 6 11:30am-4 pm. Join museum volunteers in this celebration of the season. Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills, 19th century music, and food.  $6 adults/$3 children under 13.


Blacksmithing 101 & 201

Oct 12 Staff member Joseph Colemanís Blacksmithing 101 lecture and demonstration at 10am and Blacksmithing 201 at 1pm will feature hands-on experience. Reservations required. $8 for 101 and $40 for 201


Barns 101 & 201

Oct 19 Staff member Dave Bauerís Barns 101 lecture at 10 am will provide a general overview and Barns 201 at 1pm will provide a more detail. Both lectures will include a tour of the museumís barns. Reservations required. $6 per lecture


Volunteer Party 

Nov. 10 3-6 pm. For all those who helped at the farm, a potluck with photos and awards makes for a fun evening.


Candlelight at the Inn 

Dec 7 & 8  3-7pm. Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families like the Garfield's in their 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, food, music, and a bake sale. Donations accepted.



For more information about Garfield Farm send an e-mail message to: info@garfieldfarm.org or call 630/584-8485.

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